This is no fiction, so there is no story to end :-)
I would tune it down a little and use a bit less profanity.
No. It would not make sense make movie from this topic
People who are really wasting all their time playing video games and having low self esteem.
Be practical more. And cut the motivational crap.
Funny, motivational, nerd-friendly
The understanding of how the nerd mind functions.
This is the first audiobook, I listen to his podcasts regularly, his reading of the book was more forced and not real compared to the podcasts.
Let your evil genius shine
The title of this piece of trash is a misnomer.
The author/narrator constants swears to the extent is painful to listen. F--- this, F--- that.
His verbal skills have more in common with a street thug, than a supposed nerd.
It would be ok, if the information conveyed between the constant stream of profanity was of any use. However, his "self help" advice is both shallow and obvious. Eg. "Don't listen to negativity from your brain. It is just a brain f---"
No scientific evidence is given in regards to any of his self help advice.
I could only recommend this for individuals of low IQ, who enjoy listening to swearing.
The nerdy aspect of this audiobook are the references to RPGs, video games, Dungeons and Dragons.
Material is good but very fast paced
The author is at least a generation younger than me and language is semi-foreign
Chris is a comedian and entertainer - he makes it interesting.
Fast, blunt, correct
Young person looking for their place in this world
I did not complete the book and may not complete.
Librarian, Avid Reader, Audiobook Addict!
This was surprisingly a very good self-help book; I am not saying that I didn’t think this book was going to be entertaining I just wasn’t sure that the advice he was going to give would be good. I am a big fan of Chris Hardwick and have been for awhile and even more so with his show the Talking Dead.
I really liked his nerdist way of self improvement I thought his advice for a character tome was great and XP points when you are on track, I thought this was a fun way to keep track of your successes. I thought his chapter on panic attacks was spot on and could tell he had truly gone through these to be able to explain them and how to overcome them was really good.
His very honest take on his alcoholism and how he quit drinking were very inspirational even though these stories were told with humor. I was a little surprised in the chapters about working out and nutrition just because us nerds are not known for being very fit and now I want to see Chris with his shirt off and see just how well all this exercising is working!
I really enjoyed this audiobook and Chris Hardwick’s narration, I do think you need to already be a fan of Chris to enjoy it though because of the way he talks and emphasizes certain things because I am a fan I could “see’ him saying these things and know how he puts himself across. But I think if you have bought this book I would guess you are already a fan of Chris. I think this was the way to read this book because of Chris’s delivery of the words he’s written.
I rarely (never) read self-help but this is the best I have found because his humorous honesty is perfect and I could actually see myself using some of the tenants he sets out in this book.
Starting my day with 100 XP thanks Chris!
Hardwick's advise for fellow "Nerdists" is an excellent kick in the pants to use our powers for good (self improvement) instead of evil (self pity). All of his ideas are simple to implement and can vastly change lives. Even integrating one suggestion into your life should have a profound impact. Highly recommended.
Much more of a self help book than a biography. Closer to Tim Ferriss' 4-Hour Workweek and 4-Hour Body.
If you have listened to any of his Podcasts, you know his tome and speed.
The financial and cluster sections closer to the end. And the overall tone to not be afraid to fail.
The workout is probably best read instead of heard.
Certainly not for everyone, crass, nerdy, irreverent, and funny. A few sections were slow but 90% of it was quick witted. I found myself laughing out loud in the car - especially funny if you play it at 2x speed as Chris Hardwick (narrated by the author) talks fast anyway and it makes him sound like he's on a manic rant.
Disclaimer: If you don't know what a MMO or RPG is, or have no background in tech or geek culture, you will probably spend most of your time thinking.... "what in the hell is he talking about?" and I would recommend that you pass on this one.
A perfect manual for getting your Geek life in order. Chris did a good job translating the concepts of many professional and personal self help books and applying it to the Nerd culture. The ideas are presented in an entertaining way that keeps you listening and best of all thinking (or doing). As far as self improvement books go, this one has landed in my personal top five. Warning: If you are easily offended by occasional profanity, sexual innuendo, philosophical religious commentary or just suffer from a closed mind, do not purchase this book. Go buy The 7 Habits by Stephen Covey. Is the plural of Zebra, Zebrae?
Targeted to the Nerd subculture.
Chris is a cross between a motivational speaker and a night at the comedy club.
Laughing so hard that I had to pull off to the side of the road many, many times.
You won't be disappointed. This book even got my 14 year old off his Xbox/PC and doing things to improve his life.
AKA The Geeky Blogger
Listened For Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Good to Know Rating: 4.00
Knowledge Manager Rating: 4.50 (aka Chris Hardwick)
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: The Nerdist Way was a humorous self-help book with some really great ideas! Nothing new but the presentation really worked!
Good To Know Thoughts: I will admit that self-help books are kind of my guilty pleasure. I am also a total geek and a big fan of all things nerdom. Here is the deal, if you read any kind of self-improvement books you know they are not really telling you anything new. Presentation is the key to getting some of the messages to stick. The Nerdist Way takes the humorous and direct way of getting the messages across. There is cursing, examples in relation to Dungeons and Dragons, and some very frank “just get it done” speak. Chris didn’t use fancy terms (though he made up a few of his own) and really speaks directly to the target audience: the geeks and nerds of the world. There really is some great advice in here and the activities will help reinforce some good behavior. If you are looking something new and earth-shattering this is not the book. If you are looking for something straight-forward, fun, and sometimes self eye-opening then this will work for you.
NOTE: You must understand Geek/Nerd culture to get some of the references. Then again, I doubt you would look at this book if you didn’t.
Knowledge Manager Thoughts: Why did I call Chris or any other self-help book author a Knowledge Manager? That is what they are! If you are a going to write a self-help book than you had better be able to manage that knowledge. Chris practices (from what I can tell) what he talks about. He uses some real life experience to reinforce the ideas that he suggests that we incorporate into our lives. His humor, bluntness, and fun attitude do come across in The Nerdist Way. Fans of his won’t be disappointed on that scale. I found him to be real and relatable which always helps when taking advice from someone. Overall, he was a great person to send this particular message.
Narrated by Chris Hardwick/Running Time 6h 10m
Non-Fiction read by the author is always better than using another narrator. The belief and feeling they have their subject matter is always apparent. Chris did a fantastic job with the narration, pacing, and adding emotion into the written word. I highly recommend this on audio.
Final Thoughts: The Nerdist Way exceeded my expectations and dare I say, I had fun listening to a self-help book. Great read for the Nerd/Geeks of the world.